GUN­MAN IN­JURES 6, KILLS 1 AND SELF

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NEW YORK» A doc­tor forced from a New York hos­pi­tal be­cause of sex­ual ha­rass­ment ac­cu­sa­tions re­turned Fri­day with an as­sault ri­fle hid­den un­der a lab coat and shot seven peo­ple, killing one woman and leav­ing sev­eral doc­tors fight­ing for their lives, au­thor­i­ties said.

The gun­man, Dr. Henry Bello, fa­tally shot him­self after try­ing to set him­self on fire at Bronx Lebanon Hos­pi­tal, they said. He stag­gered, bleed­ing, into a hall­way where he col­lapsed and died with the ri­fle at his side, of­fi­cials said.

Pen­tagon OKs 6-month de­lay in trans­gen­der en­list­ments.

De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis is giv­ing the mil­i­tary chiefs an­other six months to con­duct a re­view to de­ter­mine if al­low­ing trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als to en­list in the armed ser­vices will af­fect the “readi­ness or lethal­ity” of the force.

The de­lay in al­low­ing the en­list­ment of new re­cruits does not af­fect trans­gen­der troops who are al­ready serv­ing openly in the mil­i­tary. Mat­tis’ de­ci­sion for­mally en­dorses an agree­ment ham­mered out last week by the lead­ers of the four mil­i­tary ser­vices, which re­jected Army and Air Force re­quests for a two-year wait. And it re­flects the broader worry that a longer de­lay would trig­ger crit­i­cism on Capi­tol Hill, of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the talks told The AP.

Com­mis­sion will get lim­ited state voter data.

OK­LA­HOMA CITY» A re­quest for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about ev­ery voter in the U.S. from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s vot­ing com­mis­sion is get­ting a rocky re­cep­tion.

Some of the na­tion’s most pop­u­lous states, in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia and New York, are re­fus­ing to com­ply. But even some con­ser­va­tive states that voted for Trump, such as Texas, say they can pro­vide par­tial re­sponses based on what is legally al­lowed un­der state law.

Given the mish­mash of in­for­ma­tion Trump’s com­mis­sion will re­ceive, it’s un­clear how use­ful it will be or what the com­mis­sion will do with it. Trump es­tab­lished the com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions of voter fraud in the 2016 elec­tions, but Democrats have blasted it as a bi­ased panel that is merely look­ing for ways to sup­press the vote.

Texas of­fi­cer dies after be­ing shot. SAN AN­TO­NIO»

A po­lice of­fi­cer in San An­to­nio died Fri­day of wounds suf­fered when he and his part­ner were shot by a man they in­tended to ques­tion about a ve­hi­cle break-in, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cer Miguel Moreno, a nine-year vet­eran of the po­lice force, was shot in the head Thurs­day.

Searchers wounds to be con­sid­ered at sen­tenc­ing. RALEIGH, N.C.»

Se­ri­ous wounds to a sol­dier and a Navy SEAL who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can be used at the sen­tenc­ing phase of his up­com­ing trial, a judge ruled Fri­day, giv­ing prose­cu­tors sig­nif­i­cant lever­age to pur­sue stiff pun­ish­ment against the sol­dier.

The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, ruled the ser­vice mem­bers wouldn’t have wound up in the fire­fights that left them wounded if they hadn’t been search­ing for Bergdahl, so their in­juries would be rel­e­vant to his sen­tenc­ing if he’s con­victed at trial in Oc­to­ber.

The charge, which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of life in prison, al­leges that Bergdahl en­dan­gered fel­low ser­vice mem­bers by walk­ing off his re­mote post and trig­ger­ing search mis­sions across Afghanistan. Bergdahl also is charged with de­ser­tion, pun­ish­able by up to five years.

Le Pen charged with al­leged EU funds mis­use.

PARIS» French far-right leader Ma­rine Le Pen was charged Fri­day with al­legedly mis­us­ing Euro­pean Par­lia­ment funds to pay two par­lia­men­tary aides who also work at her Na­tional Front head­quar­ters. Her lawyer said she de­nies the charges and will fight to get the in­ves­ti­ga­tion sus­pended.

Weapons watch­dog says sarin used in deadly at­tack. THE HAGUE, NETHER­LANDS»

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the in­ter­na­tional chem­i­cal weapons watch­dog con­firmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 at­tack on a Syr­ian town, but a re­port re­leased Fri­day stopped short of say­ing who was re­spon­si­ble.

The at­tack killed more than 90 peo­ple, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren. It sparked out­rage around the world as pho­tos and video of the af­ter­math, in­clud­ing quiv­er­ing chil­dren dy­ing on cam­era, were widely broad­cast.

The U.S. blamed the Syr­ian mil­i­tary for the at­tack and launched a puni­tive strike days later. Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad has de­nied us­ing chem­i­cal weapons.

Hun­dreds flee as Iraqi forces squeeze ex­trem­ists. MO­SUL, IRAQ»

Hun­dreds of civil­ians fled Mo­sul’s Old City on Fri­day as Iraqi forces slowly squeezed the last pock­ets of Is­lamic State re­sis­tance, and the U.N. warned that the “in­tense and con­cen­trated” fight­ing put in­no­cent lives in greater dan­ger.

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